"Learning to Love"
1Cor. 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous;
love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act
unbecomingly; it does not seek its own.
Searching for love these days can get you hurt. People
are crazier than ever before and they don't know how
to love or be loved most of the times. You can really
love someone and be taken for granted or be kicked
to the curb. You can not love and be lonely and bitter.
Love is one of those things that you have to give in to
if you ever expect to be happy in this life. But we must
first understand that love is of God and it's a fruit of his
Spirit. So, if you are "of" God, then you should love for
real! Be patient with the ones you love. Don't abuse
them or expect them to be perfect. Always look at
yourself and your own shortcomings when you are
loving someone. That way, you can always understand
that we make mistakes, but true love understands
and is not short tempered.
The greatest love of all, contrary to what that Whitney
song said, is laying down your life for someone. This is
the love of God. To put yourself aside and to give to
others. In a relationship, a friendship, or just a good
brotherly love, you have to practice forsaking yourself
for others. Real love will cause you to not say certain
things that you know will offend the ones you love.
Real love will cause you to ask instead of command.
Real love will cause you to be concerned instead of
judgmental. Real love puts your own needs aside for
the needs of others. God loved us so much that he
put heaven on hold, sent his son to die for us. He gave
his very life for us and showed us why he is love!
And that's the attitude we must have towards the
people we say we love. It can't always be about you,
but real love will cause you to focus on the needs of
others. If you are a Christian, then act like one and
love for real. Real love will always show up in your
actions and if you love for someone, you will always
treat as good as yourself.
That's real love!
Suggested Reading: John 15:13, Titus 3:4,
Eph. 3:17, 1John 4:7, 1John 4:12
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